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Concepts
Hardware
Features of handheld portable digital devices
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Media players
Parts of a computer
The CPU
Memory (RAM)
ROM-BIOS
Disks
Hard (Fixed) Disk
Input/output Ports
Universal Serial Bus (USB) Port
Serial Port
Parallel Port
Network Port
Firewire Port
Computer Performance
Factors affecting computer performance
CPU Clock speed
RAM size
Hard disk speed and storage
Free hard disk space
De-fragmenting files
Multitasking considerations
CPU speeds
Memory and Storage
What is computer memory?
Measurement of storage capacity
Types of storage media
Internal Hard Disk
External Hard Disk
Recordable CD &DVD Drives
USB flash drives (memory sticks)
Memory cards
Network drives and on-line file storage
Floppy disks (diskettes)
Input Devices
Input devices
Scanners
Tracker Balls
Touch Pads
Joysticks
Web Cams
Digital Cameras
Microphones
Output Devices
Output devices
Traditional computer monitor
Flat screen computer screens
Speakers and headphones
Speech synthesizers
Printers
Different types of printer
Laser printers
Colour laser printers
Inkjet printers
Dot Matrix printers
Input and Output Devices
What is software?
What is an Operating System?
Computer games
Difference between the operating system and application programms
Accessibility options
Voice recognition software
Screen reader software
Screen magnifier software
On-screen keyboard
Network Types
WLAN (Wireless local Area Network)
Data Transfer
Downloading from & uploading to a network
Data transfer rate measurement
Broadband vs. dial-up Internet connection services
Internet connection options
Electronic world
What does ‘Information and Communication Technology’ (ICT) mean?
Internet services for consumers
E-commerce
Advantages of e-commerce
Disadvantages of e-commerce
E-banking
E-government
E-learning
Uses of computer applications in education
Tele-working
Some of the advantages of tele-working
Some of the disadvantages of tele-working
Communication
Electronic mail (e-mail)
Instant messaging (IM)
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds
Blogging (web logs)
Podcasts
Virtual Communities
Online (virtual) communities
Social networking websites
Internet forums (message boards / discussion boards)
Chat rooms
Online computer games
Publishing and sharing content online
Sharing photos, video and audio clips
Precautions when accessing online communities
Health
What is ergonomics?
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Lighting issues when using a computer
Screen and keyboard positioning
Seating issues when using a computer
Wellbeing when using a computer
Make sure that cables are safely secured
Make sure that power points are not overloaded
Environment
Computer recycling options
Computer energy saving options
Identity/Authentication
Computer logon user name (ID) and password
Password policies
Data Security
Off-site backups
Why do you need to back your computer?
Organising your computer for more efficient backups
Complete vs. incremental backups
What is a firewall?
Data theft issues
Viruses
Computer viruses
Computer viruses infection issues
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